Legal news from Monday, January 10, 2005
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Election Commission of Ukraine [official website] late Monday certified opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the December 26 re-vote over former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukoyvch. Under Ukrainian law the certification must now be approved by the Ukrainian Supreme Court and published in two newspapers. Completion of [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Palestinian Central Election Commission [official website] Monday issued provisional final results for Sunday's presidential election, awarding victory to PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas with 62.32% of the vote, far ahead of second place human right activist Mustafa Barghouti, who received 19.80%. The margin of Abbas's victory was only slightly [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement have begun preparations to establish their regional capital city in Rumbek, some 560 miles south of the governmental capital city of Khartoum. The establishment of an independent southern capital in Sudan was part of the historic peace agreement signed on Sunday by [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has called for Massachusetts authorities to cease collecting DNA from the Truro, MA community in a letter released Monday. The DNA collection is an effort by the Truro police department and Cape Cod district attorney's office to solve a 3-year-old murder of Christa [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] According to a senior US defense official, the US will be transfering or releasing "a significant proportion" of the 549 prisoners from the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The change is taking place to accommodate new permanent construction at the base, including a new prison facility worth [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean court has granted bail for former president General Augusto Pinochet, under house arrest at his ranch west of Santiago. Pinochet's house arrest began last week after a Chilean appeals court upheld a lower court order issued after a judge had ruled that Pinochet could stand trial on [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The entire 13-member regional election commission for the Iraqi province of Anbar, west of Baghdad in the so-called "Sunni triangle", has resigned and gone into hiding according to a local newspaper. The head of the commission said it was "impossible to hold elections" in the volatile Sunni-dominated region, which [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Supreme Court [official website in Ukrainian] Wednesday denied four more appeals of the December 26th presidential election results filed by allies of former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile], citing missed filing dates and improperly formulated complaints as the reasons for the rejection. While it has not [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC has announced that Southwest Securities Inc., a subsidiary of SWS Group Inc., will pay $10 million to settle charges of market timing of mutual fund shares. Southwest will pay back $2 million and also pay an $8 million civil penalty. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A ban on smoking in enclosed public places took effect in Italy Monday in the latest European legislative move against a recognized public health hazard. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, Ireland became the first country to implement such a ban in March 2004. Norway followed in June [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court began its 2005 calendar Monday by turning down appeals on Florida gay adoption, liability of gun manufacturers, standards for nominating presidential candidates, Worldcom securities fraud, and a host of other issues in some 500 cases. No new petitions for certiorari were granted apart from one [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Trials of Coalition soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees get under way Monday on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, opening arguments are set to begin at Fort Hood, Texas, in the trial of Spc. Charles Graner Jr., accused of mistreating prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] CBS News is reporting that CBS has ousted four people - three executives and a producer - for their roles in preparing and reporting a story on President Bush's National Guard service which was based on false documents. The executives have been asked to resign; the producer has been [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] An internal probe of the scandal-ridden UN Oil-for-Food Program has concluded that although the program was plagued by mismanagement, especially in the handling of contracts, there was no evidence of corruption on the part of UN officials. The probe was conducted by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services; [read more]

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